Nanaimo Spring Events – Festival Nanaimo 2018

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Nanaimo Spring Events-Festival Nanaimo 2018

FESTIVAL Nanaimo is a multi-dimensional community festival taking place in Nanaimo throughout the month of March 2018. Festival Nanaimo is about exploring Nanaimo, through a variety of activities that include great MUSIC, performance ART, Theatre, Visual ART, Whisk(e)y & Beer Tastings, Dogs, great events for kids, Spring Break activities and finishing with the 4th Annual PirateFest taking place March 23 & 24 at Country Club Centre, our PirateFest headquarters. Our beloved Nanaimo Bar will be featured on Nanaimo Bar Day – March 23!

Throughout the month of March, you can enjoy 10 Festival Nanaimo Signature Events at various venues around the city! The Port Theatre, one of the Festival Partners, presents Double Bill: Alex Cuba & Alejandra Ribera on March 8thGet the family ready for the Kid’s Conference – FREE and fun at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on March 10th! Also on March 10th is the 16th annual Wee Tipple Party – Nanaimo’s Scotch Whisk(e)y Festival at the Grand Hotel, presented by Crimson Coast Dance.

On March 11th, you are in for a treat! A Double Bill show with Ann Mortifee and Rick Scott & Nico Rhodes – the only show on Vancouver Island! On March 16th come experience Pavlo in Concert – Live from Kastoria, Greece – as seen on PBS. 

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on March 17th with tenor John McDermott and the Vancouver Island Symphony with two shows – 3:00 or 7:30 p.m. 

On Sunday, March 18th, it’s “who let the dogs out” with Hops and Hounds at Maffeo Sutton Park with beer tastings and there will be a gathering of adorable pooches (and their owners) for a massive dog photo for 2018! No bites at that event… but at this next one, there will be – Happy Hour SoundBites happens on March 22nd and features Mozart and Schubert with two, one-hour shows with appetizers or dessert! 

The 4th annual PirateFest is one of the anchors for Festival Nanaimo! Country Club Centre is PirateFest Headquarters this year on March 23 – with free activities leading up to PirateFest Day on March 24th with lots of FREE activities happening –  and The Purple Pirate is back for a free show on March 24th followed by the ever-popular PirateFest Parade. No Nanaimo Festival is complete without the layered awesomeness of a Nanaimo Bar – Nanaimo Bar Day is March 23rd! 

These are just a few of the stellar Signature events happening during Festival Nanaimo – check For a complete list of all the activities check out at

Event Name: Festival Nanaimo 2018

Date: Thursday, March 8 to Sunday, March 24, 2018

Location: Various venues, Nanaimo

Contact: Festival Nanaimo

Telephone: 250-754-0177


 Official website:

Cost: various.

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